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Restaurants with pizza
Many area restaurants, Italian and otherwise, have pizzas too delicious to leave off this list. Categorize them however you like.
Leon’s on the Restless Ribbon
3301 S. Peoria Ave., 918-933-5366, and 3302 W. Kenosha Ave., Broken Arrow, 918-286-6777;
Fans of Leon’s go for the ambience but stay for tasty bar food. Choose The Brooksider with fresh Italian sausage, pepperoni, roasted garlic and other veggies or a more gourmet offering of artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and goat cheese. Wednesday is $5 pizza night.
Charlie Mitchell’s Modern Pub
4848 S. Yale Ave., 918-728-8181,
One might be surprised that a restaurant specializing in pub fare would serve raved-about pizza, but that is the case at Charlie Mitchell’s Modern Pub. Charlie’s offers six pizza choices: Meat Lovers, Margherita, barbecue chicken, three-cheese white, pepperoni and veggie, each in an oblong shape, large enough for one or two eaters. Operating partner Lex Heidenreich says the restaurant bakes each pizza in a brick oven fired with hickory (“for taste”) and oak (“for heat”), producing the flavorful toppings and a tasty charred artisan crust.
114 N. Boston Ave., 918-508-7000,
Hey Mambo owner Scott Moore gathered pizza experience working at both Tucci’s and Vito’s and his modern-Italian restaurant. The wood-fired brick oven (pecan is the wood of choice) can reach nearly 800 degrees, perfect for achieving a crisp, chewy crust, with those delicate burnt bits that make good pizza great. I love the popular Center of the Universe pizza, named for the architectural anomaly just up the block, topped with Mambo pesto cream, artichokes, spinach, bacon, prosciutto, Roma tomatoes and feta cheese.
Stonehorse Café & Market
1748 Utica Square, 918-712-7470,
Chef Tim Inman’s reputation for creativity can also be found in his bistro’s pasta and pizza offerings. Stonehorse offers nine hand-tossed, wood-fired pies, including The Hawaiian (roasted garlic, basil pesto, pineapple, mozzarella cheese, country ham, fresh sage and grilled red onion), The Caesar (roasted garlic and mozzarella cheese baked crisp and served under a Caesar salad) and The Bristow (olive oil, roasted garlic, mozzarella and feta cheeses, mushrooms, tomato and artichoke hearts).
Gemma’s Woodfire Kitchen
3410 S. Peoria Ave., 918-289-0800,
Nestled into the back of Gemma’s Woodfire Kitchen is a gorgeous wood-burning oven. From it appear a few select pizzas — Gemma’s Margherita; Funghi with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions and garlic oil; and Genovese with roasted chicken, basil pesto and goat cheese — all with a chewy, charred crust. All should be tried.
1344 E. 15th St., 918-582-3456
I will always be partial to Tucci’s, where my husband took me when we first started dating. I have met many other people who have said the same of this cozy Cherry Street Italian joint. It’s always a bit romantic to share a bottle of Chianti, a zesty Lemonata salad and a hot hand-tossed pizza on the snug patio.
1536 E. 15th St., 918-592-5825,
I can never pass up the fresh fig, goat cheese and sage flatbread with truffle oil at Lucky’s. Sweet yet savory and always a bit decadent, it’s the perfect starter for a night out on the town or, paired with a salad and one of the restaurant’s cleverly sourced wine selections, the perfect meal.
3308 S. Peoria Ave., 918-293-9333,
Diners flock to Ciao! in Brookside for delicious Italian fare, but this quaint bistro features three pizzas that shouldn’t be missed: Pizza Fontina with gooey fontina cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh sage; Gorgonzola-Walnut with fresh basil, mozzarella and garlic oil glaze; and a classic Pizza Margherita.
8922 S. Memorial Drive, 918-994-7000,
Oliveto, sister restaurant to the Mazzio’s chain, features artisan pizzas baked in its Woodstone brick oven, as well as appetizers, pastas and brick-oven entrées with an Italian influence. Choose from eight specialty pizza selections, including Thai and Greek, or create your own.
3334 S. Peoria Ave., 918-933-4848,
Brookside’s quirky Cosmo Café serves an eclectic menu featuring a few French bread pizzas — the Thai chicken with asparagus and the Stewart’s Baked Pizza with cream cheese, marinara and barbecue chicken are popular.
Those following a gluten-free diet can now have their pie and eat it, too. The following restaurants offer gluten-free pizza options:
Andolini’s, Savastano’s, Marley’s Chicago Style Pizzeria, Gusano’s Pizza, Hideaway Pizza, Joe Momma’s, Old School Bagel Café, Hey Mambo and Cosmo Café (upon request)